Christopher Golden, medical director of the newborn nursery, discusses his collaborative research with other specialties at Johns Hopkins. By caring for newborns in the nursery, they are able to investigate physiologic and biologic parameters that may be useful in understanding diseases that affect healthy newborns. In a joint effort with gynecology/obstetrics and neurobiology, they are investigating the effects of COVID-19 exposure on mothers and babies, and there is a collaborative research effort with the pediatric heart center for a remote cardiac monitoring project. Additionally, Dr. Golden is working with the Department of Radiology and Radiologic Science to develop a novel MRI pulse sequence.
Hi, I'm Christopher Goldman, an associate professor of pediatrics in the division of neonatology here at johns Hopkins. In addition to caring for newborns and the new neonatal intensive care unit. I also a medical director of the newborn nursery. In addition to providing care for newborns who are otherwise healthy, including some babies who are born at late preterm gestational age. We have the opportunity to investigate healthy babies and reference physiologic and biologic parameters that may be useful in understanding diseases that affect healthy newborns. Covid 19 has been problematic amongst obstetric and neonatal populations, though we see very minimal consequences of the disease in the immediate newborn period. Understanding the effects of covid exposure. Long term in Children has not been well delineated with my partners in the department of Gynecology and obstetrics and the division of neuro virology here at johNS Hopkins. We are investigating the effects of covid on mothers and babies through sampling of newborn samples as well as maternal uh samples after delivery. Additionally, our nursery is involved in a cardiac monitoring project specifically looking at continuous real time monitoring of vital signs and Hema dynamics, including cardiac output, as a way of determining normal parameters for these babies and using this information to generate algorithms to manage Children with congenital heart disease. In addition, through an NIH funded grant, I'm working with the department of radiology to develop a novel M. R. I pulse sequence to provide high fidelity tissue perfusion data While reducing motion artifact. Finally, I am the site director for the better outcomes through research for newborns network. A core program of the academic Pediatric Association. This organization develops collaborative research projects to understand conditions that may require hospital readmission for newborns, including weight loss, dehydration and hyper bilirubin anemia. With the idea of developing evidence based practices for which all nurseries can use. I'd like to thank my division chief in my department chair, as well as my collaborators and other departments and divisions across the School of Medicine for continuing to work with us to help improve the care of babies. Thank you.